Reduce Stress and Increase Flexibility with Tai Chi

Instructor: Somack

If you’re looking for a way to improve flexibility and balance, and reduce stress in your life, come discover Tai Chi. Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s excellent for stress reduction, fall prevention and mitigating a variety of health conditions, including arthritis. Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi promotes serenity and health through gentle, flowing movements.

In these classes, you’ll learn a gentle set of Qigong exercises and the “Basic 6” (Winter session) and “Advanced 6” (Spring session) Forms of Dr. Paul Lam’s Sun style Tai Chi program of the Tai Chi for Health Institute.

This program is sanctioned by the Arthritis Foundation, the National Council for Aging and the Center for Disease Control to benefit people with arthritis and balance issues.

Depending on conditions in Alameda County, there may be some in-person, socially distanced class sessions in Spring.

Prerequisite(s): Students must complete “Basic 6” (Winter) in order to register for “Advanced 6” (Spring) Note(s):

Wear loose clothing and flat, comfortable shoes.

Students will receive a Zoom invitation link before the first class.

All classes are utilizing distance learning via the internet on Zoom. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person classroom instruction is not available. When on-campus instruction becomes available and is safe for students and teachers, we will modify accordingly.
Instructor Bio: Ralf Somack is a retired research scientist with 20 years of Tai Chi experience. He teaches Tai Chi and its sister art, Ba Gua, in the East Bay, specializing in senior programs. Classes are tailored to suit the needs, physical abilities and interests of each group. Instruction is offered in Quang Ping Yang style Tai Chi, both Long (“64” forms) and Short (Peking “24” Forms) Dragon-Heart style Ba Gua. Ralf is Board Certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach Paul Lam’s Sun style Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. This is an evidence-based method approved by numerous international health organizations including the Arthritis Foundation and the CDC.
  • Date(s): 2/3-3/10, 3/24-5/5
  • Day(s): Wednesday
  • Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Location: Virtual
  • Sessions: 6 classes
  • Fees: $55
  • Register By: Winter-January 29 Spring-March 19
  • Course Code: L941700

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